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European court hears key online privacy case

Strasbourg - The question of whether employers have the right to monitor workers' online communications returned to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday ahead of a ruling that could have Europe-wide implications.

Romanian PM opens election campaign with call for change

Bucharest - Romania's technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Sunday opened campaigning season for next month's general election with a call for change within political parties."We need change at the heart of the political parties...

Romanian held by Qaeda affiliate demands release

Nouakchott - A Romanian mineworker kidnapped by an Al-Qaeda affiliate last year has appeared in a video urging his government to secure his release as soon as possible.

Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

Ottawa - Canada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday.

Romanians demonstrate a year after nightclub blaze tragedy

Bucharest - Around 5,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Sunday, a year after a nightclub fire that killed 64 young people and triggered an unprecedented protest movement against the Romanian political class.

Romania's 'invisible' Roma battle for identity

- Denisa, Robert and Calin have never celebrated their birthdays: the three children, like thousands of other Romanians, don't have birth certificates, leaving them in an administrative black hole."It's very hard.

2,000 protest in Romania over minister's immunity

Bucharest - Around 2,000 people protested in Romanian capital Bucharest late Thursday over the Senate's refusal to lift the immunity from prosecution of a former interior minister for "involuntary homicide".

Romanian revolution cradle to be EU culture capital 2021

Bucharest - Timisoara, the cradle of Romania's 1989 revolution against communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, was named Friday by the EU as the European capital of culture for 2021.

Romanian ex-secret service agent held over anti-graft chief plot

Bucharest - A former Romanian secret service agent has been arrested for allegedly masterminding an operation to intimidate a key anti-corruption official, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Funeral held for 'last queen' of Romania

Bucharest - Bucharest declared a national day of mourning Saturday as a funeral was held for Anne of Romania, wife of the country's former king, who died this month aged 92."We are turning a page on history.

Ex-Ceausescu officials charged over death of Romanian dissident

Bucharest - Four former communist officials in Romania, including the head of the hated secret police and the then interior minister, will go on trial over the 1985 death of a dissident, prosecutors said Monday.

38 remanded as Romanian police free 'slaves'

Bucharest - Romanian authorities remanded 38 people in custody on Thursday suspected of holding dozens of vulnerable young men and boys like slaves, chaining them up and forcing them to fight, authorities said.

Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel dies

Jerusalem - Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel peace laureate who worked to keep alive the memory of Jews slaughtered during World War II, has died aged 87, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust center said.

Rights court mulls claims CIA secretly held suspects in E. Europe

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday opened hearings into the cases of two former Guantanamo Bay inmates, who claim to have been held by the CIA in secret prisons in Romania and Lithuania before being transferred to the notorious US prison ...

Bucharest gay pride rally draws crowds

Bucharest - Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for a gay pride march as participants demanded equal rights in a country where same sex marriage remains illegal.

NATO to boost Romania presence: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will send units to Romania, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, on top of battalions being deployed in the three Baltic states and Poland in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Movile Cave in Romania has an ecosystem unlike any other on Earth

Movile Cave can be found in a barren, featureless field in Constanța County, Romania, not too far from the Black Sea. The cave is closed to visitors because of its unique ecosystem, and because it is extremely hazardous to humans.

Romania's Senate speaker charged with lying in fraud probe

Bucharest - Romania's anti-corruption prosecutor announced Tuesday that Senate speaker and former prime minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has been charged with making false statements under oath about real estate fraud that cost the state 135 million euros ($150 mi...

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Bucharest - Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.

U.S. embassy in Romania criticizes central bank for racist coin

Bucharest - The U.S. Embassy in Romania is criticizing the nation's bank for portraying the image of a former bank governor that ardently promoted antisemitism in the World War II era.

Putin mulls measures to 'end threats' from US defence systems

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that Russia would consider measures to "end threats" from US anti-missile systems in Europe but said Moscow would not engage in a new arms race.

US missile shield in Romania goes live to Russian fury

Deveselul - A US anti-missile defence system in Romania aimed at protecting NATO members from threats by "rogue" nations became operational Thursday, triggering Russian fury despite US insistence it does not target Moscow.

US heralds Romania missile defence system as step forward

Bucharest - A US missile defence system in Romania will become operational Thursday in a move welcomed by US officials as an "important step" but also one likely to infuriate Moscow.

Pregnant at 15, the teenage mothers of Romania

- "God has given me a beautiful little girl. But life is difficult because I am still a child myself," says Lorena, one of more than 2,000 girls under 16 who give birth in Romania each year, some as young as 12.

Romania barred from Eurovision for back debts

Stockholm - Romania has been barred from this year's Eurovision Song Contest for failing to pay millions in debts to the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU said Friday.

Ex-head of Romania communist work camp jailed for 20 years

Bucharest - An 88-year-old Romanian communist-era labour camp commander was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for crimes against humanity committed over half a century ago.

Home of Romania's Ceausescu opened to the public

Bucharest - The opulent former residence of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was opened to the public for the first time on Saturday some 26 years after the fall of his Communist regime.

Romania turns its back on dark past of Roma slavery

Bucharest - For generations, they were owned by the rich and powerful, who bought and sold them as chattels.

Rare Giotto copy emerges from Transylvanian church ruins

Budapest - A jewel among the wild grass? A Hungarian historian is convinced that patches of fresco in a Transylvanian church ruin are a rare medieval copy of a legendary masterpiece by Italian maestro Giotto.

Disneyland Paris pickpockets traced to source — Romania

Paris - A joint operation by Romania and France against pickpockets targeting visitors to Disneyland Paris and other French tourist sites has borne fruit, nabbing the ringleaders and exposing their methods.
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Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
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Luminita Perijoc - friends say that she models her looks after celebrity Angelina Jolie.
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Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, at Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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Rich Boden goes down the 20 meter shaft into the cave.
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A woodlouse lives in the poisonous atmosphere of Movile Cave.
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The official image used by Stepping into Schengen.
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Traian Basescu, President of Romania since 2004.
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one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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House in Rosia Montana promised to be renovated by Canadian Mining Agency RMGC.
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A Romanian soccer fan attacks a player on the pitch
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A piece of the bacteria mat, magnified at 20X zoom and 4X speed.
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Stepping into Schengen's current image
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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Colorful ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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